The latest on birding in Iowa...
15 March 2017     ISSUE 5
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Photo of John Bissell receiving award John Bissell was recently honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department.  He has been leading  bird walks at Gray's Lake every Wednesday at 11:00 am for 10 years.

Did you know that Amazon donated $542 to the IOU during 2016?  This comes to us when Amazon purchases are made through the Amazon Smile program.  All you need to do is make your purchases through the IOU portal. Once on the page just click on the Amazon Go.  You won't notice any difference as you make your purchases.

Editor's Correction:  In the November issue I wrote that a CBC circle has a radius of 20 miles.  Steve Dinsmore kindly pointed out that each CBC circle is actually 15 miles in diameter.  Linda Rudolph

Photo of Coralee Bodeker by Ruby Bodeker

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Meet an Iowa Young Birder
photo of Coralee Bodeker by Ruby Bodeker
Coralee Bodeker is an active member of Iowa Young Birders.  She lives in Vinton, Iowa on a small acreage.  She is 14 years old and is an avid bird watcher.  Coralee writes  thoughtful essays and illustrates these with beautiful sketches under “A Prairie Girl’s Notebook”.  She recently competed in this year’s American Birding Association  Young Birder of the Year contest.  She tied for first place in the field notebook category and third place in the writing category.  Her latest essay is about American Kestrels and can be found on the Iowa Young Birders website by clicking here.


Save the Date for the Spring IOU Meeting!

The IOU 2017 spring meeting will be held in Chariton on May 5-7.  We’re doing it a bit differently this year by partnering with the Lucas County tourism board for their inaugural Lucas County Birding Festival.  It will be open to the public, but the format will similar to our regular IOU meetings.  We’ll have field trips in the mornings and several presentations and workshops on Saturday afternoon, including a Trumpeter Swan release.  There will a banquet Saturday evening with a keynote speaker.  Our speaker this year is Heather Sanders from Ankeny.  She participated in an EarthWatch expedition last summer to study Flammulated Owls in northern Utah.  It should be a fun and informative program.


Lucas County has the second highest percentage of public land in Iowa and has two of Iowa’s Bird Conservation Areas (BCA’s) – Stephens Forest and 1000 Acre Forest.  The forests and grasslands host the typical southern Iowa specialties, including Northern Bobwhite, Northern Mockingbird and several resident warblers.  While not extensive, there are several nice wetlands in the county.  As always, who knows what spring migration will bring.  We’ll also do a night outing for Whip-poor-will and possible Chuck-will’s-widow.  There’s a good chance for staked out Barn Owl nests.


Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a fun and birdy weekend in Lucas County.  Registration will be available soon.

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